Doing My Best!

My husband and I did a series on Joseph, a character in the Bible that we really like. One thing that has struck me regarding his time in Potiphar’s house as a slave/servant and in the King’s prison as a prisoner, was his commitment to serve to the best of his ability no matter what his circumstances were.

Genesis 39:6 tells us that Potiphar left in Joseph’s care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. And during that time, the Lord blessed everything Joseph did.

Most of us are familiar with that part of the story where Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with Joseph and he refused, she accused him of attacking her and he ended up in the King’s prison. But even there the Lord was with him and God showed kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden who didn’t worry about any of the prisoners or anything under Joseph’s care.

It wouldn’t have been just because the Lord blessed Joseph. Just because I see a person blessed, I wouldn’t trust him with everything I own or do or to take care of my household. I think it was because Joseph did such a good job at whatever he was told to do. I believe he went above and beyond and it didn’t matter to him what his circumstances were (none of these were the best of circumstances). He looked to the Lord and then did the best of his ability- no matter where he was placed.

I want to be that kind of servant. None of us know where life will take us and a lot of us are in places where we never thought we would be and I think we can all learn a lot from Joseph: that no matter what our circumstances are, that if we look to the Lord and do the best we can where we are – we can trust God with the outcome of our lives.

Remember it’s the journey that’s important.

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